Rex Murphy’s prescription for politicians to increase “real interest” in the election campaign.
1) Throw out the scripts — talk to the people… really.
2) Decide three “big issues” and deal with them, at length.
3) End all ads.
4) Stop sounding professionally pious — speak often from the top of your head and the bottom of your heart.
5) Tell us why your party is right, not why the others are wrong and evil.
Needless to say, none of the above are likely to happen (as if parties would stop advertising or dispense with their scripted talking points…), but I would certainly concur with the sentiment. In the days after the election when the pundits bemoan the dismal voter turnout (that will be historically low, I believe) and wring their hands about the electorate’s apathy and widespread disinterest, perhaps Murphy’s Rx should be given more serious consideration.